5 days in Wisconsin, North Dakota & South Dakota Itinerary

5 days in Wisconsin, North Dakota & South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

Make it your trip
Drive
1
Wisconsin Dells
— 1 night
Fly to Bismarck, Drive to Medora
2
Medora
— 1 night
Drive
3
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Fly

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Wisconsin Dells

— 1 night

Waterpark Capital of the World

Named after a nearby scenic gorge famous for its steep sandstone formations, Wisconsin Dells features more than 20 water parks, making it one of the most popular vacation areas in this region.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): examine the collection at Al. Ringling Mansion, then cool off at Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on Original Wisconsin Ducks and then admire the striking features of Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center .

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Wisconsin Dells driving holiday website.

Chicago to Wisconsin Dells is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Chicago in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Wisconsin Dells, with lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Medora.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trips

Medora

— 1 night
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. On the 29th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Medora online driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Wisconsin Dells to Medora in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Wisconsin Dells to Medora, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Wisconsin Dells in June since evenings lows in Medora dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Medora

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Rapid City

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 30th (Wed), appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial, explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then stroll through Bear Country USA. On the 1st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park and then take a memorable drive along Wildlife Loop Road.

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Getting from Medora to Rapid City by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Medora in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Rapid City, with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Wisconsin travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Water Parks · Zoos
The Badger State
Wisconsin is known as "America's Dairyland" because of its status as the nation's most famous producer of milk and cheese. A growing favorite with foreign tourists, the state is a perfect holiday destination for nature lovers, offering year-round outdoor activities like fishing, boating, kayaking, and hiking. Dotted with thousands of inland lakes and waterways alongside apple and cherry orchards, Wisconsin also offers numerous urban tourist attractions, its cities hosting renowned beer and art festivals each year.

North Dakota travel guide

4.6
National Parks · History Museums · Performances
Geographic Center of the North American Continent
A primarily rural state, North Dakota is the ancient home of the Lakota tribe. Norwegian settlers once made up the European population, and one of the state's major attractions is the Norsk Høstfest, the largest Norwegian festival in the United States. The vast plains and never-ending sky inspire the many orchestras that call the state home. The spirituality of the music is second only to the spirituality of the people, as the state has the nation's highest percentage of churchgoing residents. The state's open fields are conducive to fishing, hunting, and winter activities.

South Dakota travel guide

4.2
National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.